There’s no two ways about it: diabetes is a big problem. In fact, statistics show that about 30 million Americans suffer from this disease, while another 86 million have prediabetes, meaning they are on the way towards developing Type II diabetes. What’s worse, this condition costs the country about $245 billion in medical bills per year.
To spread awareness about the disease, the American Diabetes Associate will be celebrating the American Diabetes Month in November. As the event’s official page states:
“The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease…
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!”
Diabetes: a Backgrounder
Diabetes is a type of metabolic disease in which a person cannot properly use and store glucose (the body’s energy source), leading him or her to have unusually high blood sugar levels. The cause of diabetes is the lack of insulin, a hormone that facilitates the utilization of glucose. A diabetic either cannot produce insulin at all (as in Type I diabetes) or cannot produce sufficient amounts of this hormone (Type II diabetes).
Given glucose’s importance to the body, it’s not surprising that diabetes can have a sdevastating effect on people. For instance, it can cause vision loss, kidney failure, coronary heart disease, and even limb amputation.
As Huntington, WV social security disability lawyer Jan Dils points out, all these complications can be a hindrance to being employed. If such is the case, diabetics can claim benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Not a Free for All
Of course, the SSA will not grant benefits to just anyone who has diabetes—applicants must meet certain qualifications first. Diabetes, by itself, will not guarantee the approval of your claim; rather, you must show that the damage caused by diabetes is severe enough to prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
Proving your case will not always be easy, though, which is where Huntington, WV social security disability attorneys come in. They will help you gather all the proof you need in order to present a compelling case to the SSA. If your application has been previously denied, they can also help you appeal your case.
(Source: American Diabetes Month®, Diabetes.org)